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Steps in Applying

Am I a freshman applicant?

  • Yes - if you have never enrolled in a college or university class after receiving a high school diploma or GED.
  • Yes - even if you received college credit while attending high school, you are still considered a first-time freshman.

If you’ve earned 24 hours at another college in the past, you’re considered a transfer and the procedures are a bit different. Check special information for home-schooled, adult, and multicultural students.

Step 1: Take the SAT I or ACT.

You should take the ACT or SAT and arrange to have your scores sent to the Office of Assessment and Testing Services. Our ACT school code is 2272. Our SAT code is 6090.

Step 2: Complete the application.

Complete and submit the admissions application which is available at www.ucmo.edu/apply. The application fee is $30.

Step 3: Have your high school transcripts sent to Central Missouri.

An official, transcript of your high school work must be sent directly from your school to the university. Your school must submit a final transcript verifying high school graduation before you begin classes at Central Missouri. Send transcripts to:

University of Central Missouri
Office of Admissions
WDE 1400
Warrensburg, MO 64093

Step 4: If you’ve taken college classes while in high school, have the college send transcripts directly to Central Missouri.

The transcripts should be sent directly from the college to the Office of Admissions. We’ll evaluate these transcripts to determine how this credit can apply toward a Central Missouri degree.

Step 5: If you’ve taken CLEP, AP tests, or IB tests, have the scores sent to Central Missouri.

These tests—the College Level Examination (PDF), the Advanced Placement (PDF) test, and the International Baccalaureate (PDF) test—can earn you college credit at UCM. The scores should be sent directly from the testing agency to the Office of Assessment and Testing.

Step 6: Visit campus.

We welcome visits—in fact, we think your campus visit will tell you a lot more about us than we can in print or on the web. Visit during any of our campus visit day programs or schedule an individual visit. More about visiting with us …

Step 7: Explore The Honors College.

Honors College students at Central Missouri don’t just earn a degree. They participate in a wide range of opportunities tailored to fit the special needs of motivated, disciplined students with demonstrated academic potential.  To be admitted to The Honors College, entering freshmen must complete an Honors College application, have an ACT score of 25 (or SAT equivalent) and a cumulative high school GPA of at least 3.5.  Call 660-543-4633 for more information.

Step 8: Explore financial aid.

If you’re applying for need-based financial aid, submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid after January 1. The priority deadline to file the FAFSA, as it’s called, is April 1 to the Department of Education. Our U.S. Department of Education Institutional Code is 002454. More about financial aid...

Step 9: Explore award and scholarship opportunities.

Last year, Central Missouri awarded more than $7 million in merit-based awards and scholarships based on ACT/SAT scores, class rank, GPA, and leadership. More about freshman scholarships…